Fix for Black Screen Issue on OSVR HDK 1.4 and similar

I had a classic problem with the HDK display not turning on. I tried quiete some software fixes I could find but I had no success.

So I finally openend it up and checked the flexprint cables and all connections and after I removed the black adhesive tape on the main display connector I found a loose connection. I removed the tape and clipped it back on and now it works reliably again. If you got a similar issue you might check for that at it is not visible beneath the tape.


raise-d³ BETA auf Thingiverse veröffentlicht

Da er nun schon längere Zeit am Käfig rüttelt, konnte ich nichts anderes tun als zumindest  die beta Version von meiner prusa I3 Interpretation in die Wildnis zu entlassen.

Meinen erhabensten Dank an folgende Vorreiter und Supporter:

  • Das RepRap Projekt (Die Basis)
  • Marlin Firmware Creators
  • Josef Prusa (I3 und Vorläufer)
  • Gina Häußge (Octoprint)
  • E3D
  • Ryan Ted Zellar (Ohne die MPCNC wäre ich nicht auf die Idee gekommen mir eine Fräse zu bauen)
  • Micha S.
  • gafu
  • Thomas Sanladerer (Motivation und Knowledge)
  • u.v.m

Dokumentation etc. auf oder im Git repo (latest) hier




Ich bin schon seit einiger Zeit auf der suche nach einer guten Teemaschine die mir einen wiederholbaren und unverfälschten Teegenuss ermöglicht. Es gibt eine recht große Bandbreite an Maschinen auf dem Markt aber keine wollte mir so richtig gefallen. Teilweise waren dafür auch die hohen Preise bei den sinnvolleren Maschinen verantwortlich.

Daher hab ich an einem Wochenende angefangen ein einfaches Konzept zu erarbeiten das halbautomatisch den Filtrationsvorgang übernimmt. Das kochen des Wassers überlasse ich dem Wasserkocher, den ohnehin jeder zu Hause stehen hat. Das finden einer geeigneten Brüheinheit mit 220 V und die Schwierigkeiten die damit einhergehen sind somit außen vor und zudem wirkt es sich positiv auf die Teilekosten aus.

Er soll später die Tassengröße erkennen und entsprechend den losen Tee, der oben im Behälter luftdicht gelagert wird, dosieren. Danach senkt er das Sieb in die Tasse ab und wartet auf heißes Wasser bevor er den Timer startet. Während der über den Poti eingestellte Timer läuft, hebt und senkt er das Sieb einige male, bevor er nach Ablauf der Zeit, das Sieb heraus fährt und einen Signalton abgibt.

Die Komponenten sind bereits eingetroffen. Genaueres dazu dann wenn der Hauptrahmen gedruckt ist und die jeweiligen Teile in Position.

Da es sich um ein Wochenendprojekt handelt wird es natürlich etwas dauern bevor der erste PoC fertig ist.


Changing the site-language

Changing the sites primary language to ease up the writing process and get more into detail.

Nach langem überlegen habe ich mich entschlossen die Sprache der Seite auf natives deutsch abzuändern, dadurch kann ich die eine oder andere Sache doch genauer beschreiben und gewinne etwas Zeit bei der Beitragserstellung.


C- Beam -finished

As promised, some pictures from the finished machine.

I used some plywood as the buildplate that I had in stock. A wasteboard needs to be added.

The power supply with the neat little lcd voltmeter. I send a notification to ooznest regarding the not so perfect crimp connections and they will look into it.

The wired controller. It was pretty noisy at the beginning but after some e-mails with the very kind and fast support at ooznest we narrowed it down to a single deffective fan. Could have happened during the build process or during shipping, despite the good packaging. Ooznest offered a replacement so thats not a problem anymore. I initially thought that the fan itself creates the unpleasant noise by design but the bearings were defect so one of them ran unsmooth.

The spindle in position, I had to use an adapter from the 71mm to 43mm Euro mount. This might work for the first cuts. Would be nice to have a suitable option in the shop for a 43mm tool mount. It is stiff enough for now.

The first test cuts are still ahead so I can´t really say how it compares to a MPCNC just yet.


MPCNC – „Cornerdefender“

My MPCNC showed some significant flex on the four main feet. I wanted to solve this quickly with small amounts of material and without additional hardware, except screws.

It might look kind of funny and when you already modified your corners in some other way or got them low, the aren´t necessary I guess. If you still got most of the original parts, this little gem will help 🙂

Bring the two feet in place, screw them down and the clamp will bring up the tension on the struts.

Files Include modified feet.

Printed Algae Bioreactor

I thought about building a automated plant care system for some time now. The main purpose was to grow camelia sinensis in a controlled environment, as my three attempts of growing it in a living room or balcony all failed after a year. I was unable to keep the conditions constant enough it seems. I gave up on that, as the grow rate of tea is too low to cover the necessary quantity anyway.

Instead I´m trying to revive my biotechnolgy knowledge and start a printable bioreactor design for cultivating algae. It is not targeted towards a specific species or purpose yet. The first goal is to test the printing process and finding a suitable material with a good transmission and suitable wavelength passthrough. Clear PETG should work as a starting point.

A quick sketch of the concept. The flattube design enhances the surface and therefore the optmum light yield.

I´m searching for suitable equipment that can be sterilized right now.


Openbuilds C-beam from Ooznest

I had the demand for some more serious aluminum milling. I did that with the MPCNC before and it was kind of okay but I wouldn´t like to mill higher part counts with it. The spindle gets  hot after some time and leads to more flex in the toolhead. It´s not made for aluminum so I looked around for a more suitable platform.

I found the openbuilds C-beam machine to be nicely designed and versatile enough to be worth adding to my machinepark. I looked around for a europe based shop and found openbuilds poland  , v slot europe and ooznest .

I decided to go with the ooznest version as they had the best full kit. I didn´t wanted to source all the parts from here and there. Sometimes it´s nice to have a complete package 🙂

The sipment was fast after the payment went trough and so I had a first look at the package today. All was nicely packed and labeled according to the build section like X, Y and Z Axis. The printed parts for the power supply and the controller board looked pretty nice and felt solid.

Can´t say much yet but a real manual would be more comfortable than a build video. It´s way faster to look at a drawing than to forward, play, stop, rewind, play, the buildvideo 😀

Ready for assembly 🙂

MPCNC- solved drilling issue

Surprise! I had a common chip clearance problem. I considered this as a cause from the beginning and also got some tips from the forum. I milled two complete sets of 3D-printer frames without problems so I couldn´t  believe that this was really the cause.

I drew a test pattern and managed to get it right with an additional ,5mm helical drilling movement. That seems enough for the chips to clear the hole.

I don´t have that much time to get into those issues but the parts didn´t came out perfectly rectangular yet. I tried to manually adjust the stepper position before powering it up but thats still not enough to get the precision I need. I´m using all of the available travel so I´m getting quite a big error in the end.

I need to readjust the frame and the feet as well.